Karnataka moves SC to modify order on release of Cauvery water

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Karnataka government on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of the 20 September order, asking it to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till tomorrow, on the ground that its reservoirs do not have sufficient water.

A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra on 20 September had directed Karnataka to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water per day to Tamil Nadu till 27 September, while raising the quantum fixed by the Supervisory Committee by 3,000 cusecs.

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Karnataka, in its fresh plea, had expressed inability to implement the apex court order on various grounds including the fact that it does not have adequate water to supply to its cities including Bengaluru.

The apex court had on 20 September also directed the Centre to constitute within four weeks the Cauvery Water Management Board (CWMB) as directed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) in its award.

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On 12 September, the apex court had asked both the states to ensure that “law and order” prevails.

It had modified its earlier order on sharing of Cauvery water and directed Karnataka to release 12,000 cusecs instead of 15,000 cusecs per day till 20 September to Tamil Nadu.

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The apex court bench was also critical of the language used in the plea of Karnataka seeking to keep in abeyance the 5 September order asking it to release 15,000 cusecs water per day to Tamil Nadu.

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